Cavan Belturbet Municipal District Council have approved the Part VIII Planning Applications for two significant projects in Belturbet and Ballyconnell.
‘Earlier this year under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme €500,000 was allocated to Cavan County Council for the development of a Recreational Train from Turbet Island out to the Shannon Erne-Waterway and Old Aghalane and on to Corraquill Lock 1 reconstructing an old crossing of the Rag River with matching funding of €200,000 from Cavan County Council own resources. This 6km trail will follow the towpath of the Woodford River.’
‘Cavan County Council, working with local community interests have been working to create a network of recreational trails to enhance local amenity but which linked together to form longer trails. This section will, subject to funding extend to Ballyconnell and onwards to link into the Cavan/Leitrim Railway Greenway and in the other direction link into the Ulster Canal Greenway and the Cavan Town Greenway on a phased basis.’
Planning Approval for the redevelopment of Ballyconnell Market House will allow Cavan County Council to seek funding for the repurposing of this significant building in the heart of the Town for Community and Business use.
‘The local community and Cavan County Council have worked closely to restore the Market House from securing the building from the Defense Forces to the significant work to protect the exterior of the building and the Market Square.
Cavan/Belturbet Municipal District today approved the Part VIII Planning Application for the development of the Cavan Town Railway Greenway going from Loretto Road using the access road to the Cavan Town Sewerage Plant along the old railway line, cutting through the lands owned by the HSE at Cavan General Hospital and out onto Golf Links Road.
‘I have being working closely with local residents in the Loretto Road, Carrickane Area of Cavan Town to improve the road, footpath and cycling infrastructure in the area. The approval granted today allows Cavan County Council to proceed with drawing down the €200,000 allocated earlier this year under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) 2018. I am delighted that this work should be completed by the end of this year, it will involve providing infrastructure for walkers and cyclist and will preserve and enhance an old overpass bridge on the railway line.’
The funding allocated will connect with the significant works ongoing on Loretto Road in recent years which has included the construction of a footpath along the entire length of the road, surface improvements and the provision of public lighting.
‘Under the Smarter Travel Initiative footpath and cycle lanes now run along Cathedral Road, past the Cavan Institute, St. Patrick’s College, out the Old Butlersbridge Road to Loretto College. The Council Roadworks Programme have over the past two years invested significantly in upgrading the road, footpaths and lighting from the entrance road of the Cavan Sewerage Treatment Works to the junction with Golf Links Road.
‘The will remain the need to provide a footpath to Farnham School, something that can be done with goodwill on all-sides and the provision of a footpath link around the junction of Golf Links Road and Loretto Road. All considered huge progress has been made in recent times on the improvement of the roads, footpaths, lighting and cycling infrastructure in the Carrickane Area. I thank the local land owners affected, the local community for their constructive engagement and the staff of Cavan County Council for working on securing funding and spending it well.
‘Plans and tender documents are ready for the bridge near Loretto College and subject to funding should move to construction later this year or early next year.’
‘The Cavan Town Railway Greenway can be the first on developing a greenway linking Cavan onwards through Butlersbridge to Cloverhill, linking into the Ulster Canal Greenway and also the Cavan/Leitrim Railway Greenway which depending on funding will develop on a phased basis.’
Fianna Fáil Councillor, John Paul Feeley has welcomed confirmation that the Rehab Group will not service twelve-month notice on the HSE that they will terminate services pending further talks with HSE officials.
‘Yesterday many Rehab Service users came home with letters setting out a bleak future for their essential services. Thankfully the immediate danger is postponed but the threat to these much needed service and outlets for people with disabilities remains in the short to medium term.’
‘Service users and their families are already in a vulnerable place, there is a massive lack of support for them in their homes, in the community and in respite provision. Threats to existing limited services must be taken off the table urgently and Government must reassure all involved that the service will be available and improved on in the long term.’
‘I will be raising the issue at Cavan County Council as soon as possible and I am sure that their will be cross party local support. The issue however needs intervention and the highest level by the Minister for Health and the Minister for State for Disabilities.’
Fianna Fáil Councillor, John Paul Feeley has called on the Minister for Agriculture and Food to open the GLAS Programme for farmers as they leave the AEOS, pointing out that 74 farmers in County Cavan are affected by the Governments refusal to allow farmers move from one Scheme to the other rather than suffer the financial loss of not being in either scheme for a period.
‘When opened GLAS was to cost €250 million. There has been an underspend of €62 million todate, money which if spend on reopening GLAS to farmers whose contracts under AEOS closed in 2018 would help get the rural economy moving and also help farmers implement measures on their farmers with massive environmental benefits thereby helping the country meet our Climate Change target.’
‘The Minister has been challenged in the Dail to make a positive decision on this, there needs to be local action from his party colleagues to get a positive response for the 74 farmers in Cavan and the 2300 nationally who should be moved into GLAS without further delay.’